Forced Marriage

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 2nd July 2015.

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Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General 9:30 am, 2nd July 2015

The first successful prosecution using the new offence of forced marriage was recorded earlier this year. Previously, the Crown Prosecution Service had to use offences such as assault and kidnap to address this serious issue. The CPS has provided legal guidance and learning support to its prosecutors on cases of forced marriage to raise their awareness of the issues involved, which includes the important work of joint workshops with the police in every CPS area to tackle this menace.